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Experience award-winning beaches and the quaint, small-town charm of the Grand Haven area. Whether you want a fun family getaway or a romantic retreat for two, this Lake Michigan beach town delivers. Learn area history while riding the historic trolley and take in a nightly performance of the musical fountain – one of the largest of its kind in the world.  Explore biking trails and stroll the boardwalk along the Grand River channel from the historic downtown shopping district to the harbor lighthouses and soft, sandy beaches of Lake Michigan.  See why Coastal Living named Grand Haven the Happiest Seaside Town in America. Come and experience for yourself why so many families and couples make the Grand Haven area their vacation destination year after year.

Notos (Bilmar)
The Noto family brings their Sicilian roots to Noto’s at The Bil-Mar, rebuilt at the spot of the Bil-Mar restaurant, which served the lakeshore since 1952. Noto’s at the Bil-Mar is an upbeat, contemporary restaurant and bar with something for everyone. Sample our eclectic wine list with a Lake Michigan sunset and fine dining in our lakefront dining room. Savor culinary delights or drinks on the deck or at our modern bar. Or, bring in the family for casual fare. They offer a variety of wood-fired pizzas, shared plates, and salads, with locally-sourced ingredients and several vegan options.

Snug

Snug Harbor is a premier and authentic Restaurant that has been proudly serving the Grand Haven area and beyond since 1989. Since then, our mission has been to provide high-quality food for all those that wish to combine fun and enjoyable ambiance with skillful cooking into one extraordinary dining experience. Scroll down to learn more about us. Newly renovated lower level and Jelly’s event room with the best view of the harbor in Grand Haven.

Tip a  Few Tavern
Great location that offers Mexican, American fare as well as light bites and drinks.
Toasted Pickle
THIS ISN’T JUST ANOTHER “SANDWICH SHOP”. NO SIREEE… THIS IS AN EXPERIENCE THAT WILL PUT A SMILE ON YOUR FACE, A HOP IN YOUR STEP, AND A TINGLE ON YOUR TONGUE—ALWAYS SERVED WITH A PICKLE ON THE SIDE! BECAUSE AS PAPA ZEKE ALWAYS USED TO SAY, “IF YOU EVER FIND YOURSELF IN A PICKLE, EAT YOUR WAY OUT.”
Finn’s Chophouse
The best cuts with the best desserts and best drinks….in a speak-easy! Located in Spring Lake right next door to Grand Haven.

Kirby House

American food near the river with outdoor seating in the summer. Not much more to ask for.

 

The Musical Fountain in Grand Haven is an engineering marvel. It was built in 1962 by private dollars and is still “wowing” the crowds today. In one performance the fountain will process over 90,000 gallons of water with a synchronized display of water, lights and music. Enjoy this Grand Haven favorite every summer evening at dusk with special performances during May and September.

The park commonly referred to as “The Boardwalk” is actually officially named “Lighthouse Connector Park”. It extends 1.5 miles from Chinook Pier to the end of the South Pier.  While it’s a great place for a brisk walk, there are plenty of grassy knolls and benches for idlers who prefer people and boat watching.

Established in 1839, two lights on the south pier, both painted red, are connected by a lighted catwalk that also connects them to the shore and the Boardwalk. The boardwalk travels out to Lake Michigan where you can walk the pier and take photos of the lighthouse, passing boats, or watch a sunset.

Enjoy a historic narrative tour that starts at Chinook Pier, travels the waterfront and downtown areas and provides a unique trip back in time as you learn more about what  makes Grand Haven such a special place.

What fun is a visit to Grand Haven without a little shopping time? Just a few blocks from the condo, downtown Grand Haven is sure to have something for everyone. From restaurants to specialty shops, these one of a kind stores will make you shop till you drop! Not only are the stores unique, but historic architecture along Washington Avenue will take you back to a by-gone era. 

 

Grand Haven is home to the United States Coast Guard’s “Group Grand Haven,” which coordinates all Lake Michigan Coast Guard activities. The first Coast Guard presence in the city was in 1932. The city hosts the annual Coast Guard Festival, which draws U.S. and Canadian vessels along with parades of bands and other activities. The attendance for this event exceeds 100,000 people over the two-week period of the festival.

Rosy Mound is a classic Great Lakes dune system including high wooded dunes, foredunes, beach and a dune blowout. A 0.7 mile (one way) hiking trail from the parking area to the Lake Michigan shoreline includes 1,000 feet of stairs up and down the dunes and scenic views of woods, the dune blowout and Lake Michigan.

Pedal between Grand Haven State Park and Holland State Park on the 20-mile Lakeshore Trail, or scoot around the 15-mile Lakeside Trail circling Spring Lake, with a stop at Lakeside Beach. Both are great rides for every age.

Grand Haven State Park
Michigan’s #1 State Park and AAA’s preferred beach for Michigan. A popular destination for camping, fishing, sunbathing, volleyball and swimming. This 48-acre park is located on the beautiful sandy shore of Lake Michigan. The park consists entirely of beach sand and provides scenic views of Lake Michigan and the Grand Haven pier and lighthouse.
North Beach Park
This popular 7 acre park offers swimming and sunbathing along 745 feet of Lake Michigan shoreline. During the summer, a barrier free beach walkway is available. Visitors can also climb the wooden stairway to the top of a dune for a panoramic view of Lake Michigan. Located 2 miles north of Grand Haven.
Grand Haven City Beach
Sandy swimming beach located on Lake Michigan. The city beach is nestled between The Bil-Mar, a beachfront restaurant, and Grand Haven State Park beach on Harbor Drive. Limited free parking is available. No fees or passes required. Leashed dogs are allowed on the VERY South end of the City Beach – South of The Bil-Mar – look for signs.
Rosy Mound Natural Area
A classic Great Lakes dune system including high wooded dunes, foredunes, beach and a dune blowout. A 0.7 mile (one way) hiking trail from the parking area to the Lake Michigan shoreline includes 1,000 feet of stairs up and down the dunes and scenic views of woods, the dune blowout and Lake Michigan. A unique shade canopy and dune boardwalk trail.
Kirk Park
Sixty-eight acres of sandy beach, high bluffs and wooded dunes along the Lake Michigan shoreline. Covered pavilion, playground, swimming beach, nature hiking trails with scenic wooden stairways leading to dune overlooks. This is a popular park for swimming, sunbathing, picnicking, off-lease dog beach and cross country skiing.
Olive Shores
Film location from the movie, “Road to Perdition,” starring Tom Hanks. Mostly wooded 20-acre site that includes a mature beech-maple-hemlock forest, a deep steep dune formation and 740 feet of Lake Michigan frontage.
PJ Hoffmaster State Park
Features over three miles of Lake Michigan shoreline and beaches, 297 site modern campground, towering sand dunes, and the Gillette Sand Dune Visitor Center. Miles of hiking and skiing trails offers stunning views Lake Michigan and subtle beauty at every turn. Located five miles north of Grand Haven.
Oddside Artisan Coffee
Artisan Coffee bar that is tucked into the Oddside Ales building. Known for fresh roasted coffee, espresso, signature lattes, fresh fruit smoothies, delicious gourmet hot chocolate drinks and more!
Jumpin’ Java
Coffee may be center stage at Jumpin’ Java, but it isn’t our only offering. We have a wide variety of lattes, chai tea, hot tea, soda, smoothies, muffins, cookies, sandwiches, paninis, wraps, and salads just to name a few! 
Morning Star Cafe
Since 1995, owners Lisa and Will Passinault have been serving up what residents of Grand Haven crave the most; great food with a Southwest accent and a homemade touch. Morning Star is perfect in the morning, serving breakfast 7 days a week.
Bigby Coffee
Lansing, MI based coffee chain serving a wide range of specialty coffee drinks

 

Meijer

Michigan’s very own grocery store chain offering a great selection of everything necessary to get by with several departments to browse

D&W Fresh Market

Another Michigan local that started in Grandville,MI. A spartan store that offers more specialized offerings and just grocery.

Walgreen’s

One of the most common pharmacy / convenience marts that is found around most of the country. Good picking up health related items and quick pick-ups.

 

Notos (Bilmar)
The Noto family brings their Sicilian roots to Noto’s at The Bil-Mar, rebuilt at the spot of the Bil-Mar restaurant, which served the lakeshore since 1952. Noto’s at the Bil-Mar is an upbeat, contemporary restaurant and bar with something for everyone. Sample our eclectic wine list with a Lake Michigan sunset and fine dining in our lakefront dining room. Savor culinary delights or drinks on the deck or at our modern bar. Or, bring in the family for casual fare. They offer a variety of wood-fired pizzas, shared plates, and salads, with locally-sourced ingredients and several vegan options.

Snug

Snug Harbor is a premier and authentic Restaurant that has been proudly serving the Grand Haven area and beyond since 1989. Since then, our mission has been to provide high-quality food for all those that wish to combine fun and enjoyable ambiance with skillful cooking into one extraordinary dining experience. Scroll down to learn more about us. Newly renovated lower level and Jelly’s event room with the best view of the harbor in Grand Haven.

Tip a  Few Tavern
Great location that offers Mexican, American fare as well as light bites and drinks.
Toasted Pickle
THIS ISN’T JUST ANOTHER “SANDWICH SHOP”. NO SIREEE… THIS IS AN EXPERIENCE THAT WILL PUT A SMILE ON YOUR FACE, A HOP IN YOUR STEP, AND A TINGLE ON YOUR TONGUE—ALWAYS SERVED WITH A PICKLE ON THE SIDE! BECAUSE AS PAPA ZEKE ALWAYS USED TO SAY, “IF YOU EVER FIND YOURSELF IN A PICKLE, EAT YOUR WAY OUT.”
Finn’s Chophouse
The best cuts with the best desserts and best drinks….in a speak-easy! Located in Spring Lake right next door to Grand Haven.

Kirby House

American food near the river with outdoor seating in the summer. Not much more to ask for.

 

The Musical Fountain in Grand Haven is an engineering marvel. It was built in 1962 by private dollars and is still “wowing” the crowds today. In one performance the fountain will process over 90,000 gallons of water with a synchronized display of water, lights and music. Enjoy this Grand Haven favorite every summer evening at dusk with special performances during May and September.

The park commonly referred to as “The Boardwalk” is actually officially named “Lighthouse Connector Park”. It extends 1.5 miles from Chinook Pier to the end of the South Pier.  While it’s a great place for a brisk walk, there are plenty of grassy knolls and benches for idlers who prefer people and boat watching.

Established in 1839, two lights on the south pier, both painted red, are connected by a lighted catwalk that also connects them to the shore and the Boardwalk. The boardwalk travels out to Lake Michigan where you can walk the pier and take photos of the lighthouse, passing boats, or watch a sunset.

Enjoy a historic narrative tour that starts at Chinook Pier, travels the waterfront and downtown areas and provides a unique trip back in time as you learn more about what  makes Grand Haven such a special place.

What fun is a visit to Grand Haven without a little shopping time? Just a few blocks from the condo, downtown Grand Haven is sure to have something for everyone. From restaurants to specialty shops, these one of a kind stores will make you shop till you drop! Not only are the stores unique, but historic architecture along Washington Avenue will take you back to a by-gone era. 

 

Grand Haven is home to the United States Coast Guard’s “Group Grand Haven,” which coordinates all Lake Michigan Coast Guard activities. The first Coast Guard presence in the city was in 1932. The city hosts the annual Coast Guard Festival, which draws U.S. and Canadian vessels along with parades of bands and other activities. The attendance for this event exceeds 100,000 people over the two-week period of the festival.

Rosy Mound is a classic Great Lakes dune system including high wooded dunes, foredunes, beach and a dune blowout. A 0.7 mile (one way) hiking trail from the parking area to the Lake Michigan shoreline includes 1,000 feet of stairs up and down the dunes and scenic views of woods, the dune blowout and Lake Michigan.

Pedal between Grand Haven State Park and Holland State Park on the 20-mile Lakeshore Trail, or scoot around the 15-mile Lakeside Trail circling Spring Lake, with a stop at Lakeside Beach. Both are great rides for every age.

Grand Haven State Park
Michigan’s #1 State Park and AAA’s preferred beach for Michigan. A popular destination for camping, fishing, sunbathing, volleyball and swimming. This 48-acre park is located on the beautiful sandy shore of Lake Michigan. The park consists entirely of beach sand and provides scenic views of Lake Michigan and the Grand Haven pier and lighthouse.
North Beach Park
This popular 7 acre park offers swimming and sunbathing along 745 feet of Lake Michigan shoreline. During the summer, a barrier free beach walkway is available. Visitors can also climb the wooden stairway to the top of a dune for a panoramic view of Lake Michigan. Located 2 miles north of Grand Haven.
Grand Haven City Beach
Sandy swimming beach located on Lake Michigan. The city beach is nestled between The Bil-Mar, a beachfront restaurant, and Grand Haven State Park beach on Harbor Drive. Limited free parking is available. No fees or passes required. Leashed dogs are allowed on the VERY South end of the City Beach – South of The Bil-Mar – look for signs.
Rosy Mound Natural Area
A classic Great Lakes dune system including high wooded dunes, foredunes, beach and a dune blowout. A 0.7 mile (one way) hiking trail from the parking area to the Lake Michigan shoreline includes 1,000 feet of stairs up and down the dunes and scenic views of woods, the dune blowout and Lake Michigan. A unique shade canopy and dune boardwalk trail.
Kirk Park
Sixty-eight acres of sandy beach, high bluffs and wooded dunes along the Lake Michigan shoreline. Covered pavilion, playground, swimming beach, nature hiking trails with scenic wooden stairways leading to dune overlooks. This is a popular park for swimming, sunbathing, picnicking, off-lease dog beach and cross country skiing.
Olive Shores
Film location from the movie, “Road to Perdition,” starring Tom Hanks. Mostly wooded 20-acre site that includes a mature beech-maple-hemlock forest, a deep steep dune formation and 740 feet of Lake Michigan frontage.
PJ Hoffmaster State Park
Features over three miles of Lake Michigan shoreline and beaches, 297 site modern campground, towering sand dunes, and the Gillette Sand Dune Visitor Center. Miles of hiking and skiing trails offers stunning views Lake Michigan and subtle beauty at every turn. Located five miles north of Grand Haven.
Oddside Artisan Coffee
Artisan Coffee bar that is tucked into the Oddside Ales building. Known for fresh roasted coffee, espresso, signature lattes, fresh fruit smoothies, delicious gourmet hot chocolate drinks and more!
Jumpin’ Java
Coffee may be center stage at Jumpin’ Java, but it isn’t our only offering. We have a wide variety of lattes, chai tea, hot tea, soda, smoothies, muffins, cookies, sandwiches, paninis, wraps, and salads just to name a few! 
Morning Star Cafe
Since 1995, owners Lisa and Will Passinault have been serving up what residents of Grand Haven crave the most; great food with a Southwest accent and a homemade touch. Morning Star is perfect in the morning, serving breakfast 7 days a week.
Bigby Coffee
Lansing, MI based coffee chain serving a wide range of specialty coffee drinks

 

Meijer

Michigan’s very own grocery store chain offering a great selection of everything necessary to get by with several departments to browse

D&W Fresh Market

Another Michigan local that started in Grandville,MI. A spartan store that offers more specialized offerings and just grocery.

Walgreen’s

One of the most common pharmacy / convenience marts that is found around most of the country. Good picking up health related items and quick pick-ups.